A tale of adventure, “The Seagoing Cowboy” is the true story of brave volunteers who cared for heifers and horses on overseas journeys in the 1940s. Heifer founder Dan West’s original vision involved shipping livestock to provide relief in countries devastated by World War II. Nearly 7,000 Seagoing Cowboys made the trip from the United States to European countries to deliver the animals.
Author Peggy Reiff Miller, the granddaughter of a seagoing cowboy, keeps memories of her grandfather and his shipmates alive as she recounts the early days of Heifer. After interviewing dozens of cowboys, Miller penned the story about these missions of mercy to visit people suffering from post-war effects in Europe.
For the young volunteers, this was a plum chance to do important work and sample a taste of freedom, all while setting out into the wider world for the first time. And indeed, these trips presented a series of firsts—the first time setting sail on a ship, the first time crossing the ocean and the first time visiting another culture. For many, their faith was tested as they witnessed the devastation of the war, but they discovered with a renewed sense of hope and purpose after helping families in need.
Miller's storytelling is complemented by Claire Ewart's illustrations to tell the real-life story of the seagoing cowboys who lived to serve others.
Full-color, 40 pages, hardcover